“Mom’s With a Mission” Breast Cancer Prevention Weekly Tip

January 28, 2010

Week #4: Choose Safe Cosmetics

Some popular brands of cosmetics and personal care products contain chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects. Worse, most chemicals have never been evaluated for health and safety. By making smart choices, you can affect change. Use the Skin Deep database of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com to find safer personal care products. Then, join the Campaign http://www.safecosmetics.org and help clean up the cosmetics industry.


Cookin’ Quinoa

January 25, 2010

Photo by: Wonderyort

Cookin’ Quinoa

January 2, 2010

Here is a simple recipe using a renowned superfood – quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”). By now, most people have heard of quinoa, but do you know how great it is for your body and how easy it is to cook? Although commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. The protein-rich seed has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture and a rather nutty flavor when cooked. Quinoa is one of the few vegetarian sources of complete protein, meaning, like meats, it has all nine of the essential amino acids. It’s also gluten-free, full of fiber, and contains other heart-healthy vitamins. This recipe is flavorful and exquisitely simple to prepare – most of these ingredients are pantry staples. Impress your family with your whole-foods prowess and whip it up tonight.

Quinoa With Chicken & Peas

  • 1 c. quinoa, rinsed well (use red quinoa if you can find it, it’s prettier)
  • 1 lb. chicken cutlets, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 3/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c. sweet peas, cooked
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
    v3 T extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 T white wine vinegar
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • Finely grated Romano cheese, about 1/2 c.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Marinate chicken with salt, black pepper, garlic and 1 T of the olive oil for about 15 minutes. Sauté onion in 2 T of the olive oil on low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar and tomato paste, mix well and sauté for another two minutes. Add marinated chicken to the mix and cook, covered, for ten minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Turn the chicken pieces occasionally to coat them with the sauce. Add the quinoa and stir in the chicken broth. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for approximately fifteen minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed by the quinoa. Mix in the peas and cheese and serve immediately.

Pair this with a crisp and simple side salad. Serves 4.

Sarah Isenberg is a recovering lawyer, avid home cook, cancer survivor, nutrition/fitness/food enthusiast, wife and mother, and freelance writer and editor who lives with her husband and daughter outside of Boston, MA. She blogs at Semi-Sweet a practical guide for healthy living”.

“Mom’s With A Mission” Breast Cancer Prevention Weekly Tip

January 22, 2010

Week #3: Eat Smart

Studies have found potential links between pesticides and breast cancer risk. Pesticides and other synthetic chemicals are found in our food. Read labels, ask your grocer to stock organic produce and hormone-free meats and dairy products, and look for organic food at your local farmers’ market. And when gardening or treating your lawn, look for natural alternatives to chemical weed and bug killers and take preventative measures such as mulching for weeds and using traps, barriers, fabric row covers, or plant-based repellants to get rid of pests.

The pesticides of greatest concern for breast cancer are used in the agricultural setting. To take a step further, visit the Pesticide Action Network website (www.panna.org) to clean up the environment beyond your home.

Fact:  Did you know LUNA bars are made with 70% organic and 100% entirely natural ingredients?

Get Fit Challenge 2010

January 19, 2010

Do you have some personal fitness goals for 2010?

 ~ Do you need a little ‘extra’ motivation/incentive?

~ Would you like a little (healthy) competition?

This will be a 3 month long challenge from February 1st – May 1st to see what changes you can make in your life to create a healthier, stronger, leaner you!  Just think, you’ve already got the exercise part down (you may just need to step it up a notch or two at class) so now you just need to add in the proper eating habits.  The best part is that you will have your fellow Stroller Striders encouraging you along the way so you are sure to succeed!  Note – you MUST be at least 9 months postpartum to enter the challenge.  The person whom makes the most significant improvements in their fitness levels will be our “Get Fit Challenge Winner”.

Are you up for it?

 Register on Meet Up NO LATER than Jan. 25thThere will be an event posted to RSVP for. You will then be required to attend the Monday February 1st class at Walker Ranch Park for the initial testing that will take place on February 1st, 2010.  This will determine what your starting fitness level is.  


What Do the Fitness Tests TEST? 

These tests will be done once at the beginning and then again at the end of the challenge. Just like you may have done the President’s Physical Fitness Testing in grade school, we will be following the same standards.


1)     Partial curl-ups test – Have client lie on cushioned, clean surface with knees flexed and feet about 12 inches from buttocks. Do not hold or anchor the feet. Arms are extended forward with fingers resting on the legs and pointing toward the knees. The client’s partner is behind the head with hands cupped under the student’s head. The student being tested curls up slowly sliding the fingers up the legs until the fingertips touch the knees, then back down until the head touches the partner’s hands. The curl-ups are done to a metronome (or audio tape, clapping, drums) with one complete curl-up every three seconds, and are continued until the student can do no more in rhythm (has not done the last three in rhythm) or has reached the target number for the test.


2)     Shuttle run testing – Mark two parallel lines 30 feet apart and place two blocks of wood or similar object behind one of the lines. Students start behind opposite line. On the signal “Ready? Go!” the student runs to the blocks, picks one up, runs back to the starting line, places block behind the line, runs back and picks up the second block and runs back across starting line.


3)     Endurance run/walk testing – On a safe, one-mile distance, students begin running on the count “Ready? Go!” Walking may be interspersed with running. However, the students should be encouraged to cover the distance in as short a time as possible.


4)     Right angle push-up testing – The student lies face down on the mat in push-up position with hands under shoulders, fingers straight, and legs straight, parallel, and slightly apart, with the toes supporting the feet.  The student straightens the arms, keeping the back and knees straight, then lowers the body until there is a 90-degree angle at the elbows, with the upper arms parallel to the floor.  A partner holds her / his hand at the point of the 90-degree angle so that the student being tested goes down only until her / his shoulder touches the partner’s hand, then back up.  The push-ups are done to a metronome (or audio tape, clapping, drums) with one complete push-up every three seconds, and are continued until the student can do no more in rhythm (has not done the last three in rhythm) or has reached the target number for the PPFA.



SUPPORT IS PARAMOUNT! Start telling your family and friends that this is something you are doing and that you need their support.  Maybe your husband even wants to jump aboard the healthy lifestyle train with you?  Make your health a priority…your family is counting on you!


SET UP AND VERBALIZE REALISTIC GOALS: Where would you like to see yourself in 3 months?  This goal is different for everyone.  We all have very different body types and everyone has a comfortable zone that they should be at.  Know what that is for you and make it a healthy, reachable goal.


THE WINNERS will be the person(s) who demonstrates the most improvement in all the tests.  This makes it fair for ALL body types, sizes and shapes to compete against each other in this challenge.  PLEASE make sure you understand this.


SELF MOTIVATION: We will take care of giving you fantastic workouts at your Stroller Strides classes but the self motivating part comes from within you.  You are on your own here because we are all so different and our likes and dislikes vary, you need to know what works best for you.  For your nutritional intake, we will give you healthy recipe ideas and suggestions every week for the duration of the challenge.  Remember, this is NOT A DIET but a lifestyle change that you commit to making to see results.


YOU AND STROLLER STRIDES AS A TEAM: You may NOT hire a trainer to help you during this challenge.  You can attend Stroller Strides classes as much as you want and work out on your own as much as you want aside from classes at home or at a gym if you wish.  You must be a current Stroller Strides member, instructor or playgroup captain to enter the challenge.


THE FINAL FITNESS TESTING will take place on February 1st, 2010 at Walker Ranch Park.  Also take note that our Get Fit Reveal party will be on Wednesday June 23rd, 2010 (location TBA) and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

*NOTE: Before embarking on any fitness program, it is strongly recommended that you consult with your physician.  Stroller Strides does not guarantee any specific results with this challenge.

Regular Exercise
(Stroller Strides of course!)
Healthy Eating Habits
Commitment and Consistency
Possibly a NEW and improved healthier you!!!
~ Good Luck Everyone ~

“Mom’s With A Mission” Breast Cancer Prevention Weekly Tip

January 15, 2010


Pure Prevention is a campaign from the Breast Cancer Fund and LUNA Bar to raise awareness about the environmental causes of breast cancer and empower us to live actively, healthy and well. Pure Prevention focuses on 5 Tips for easy, everyday actions to help reduce the risk of breast cancer: Create a Healthy Home; Eat Smart; Choose Safe Cosmetics; Get Outside; and Join the Campaign to spread the word about prevention. Join the Pure Prevention Campaign and share this information with colleagues, friends and family at www.pureprevention.org.

1.  Create a Healthy Home www.pureprevention.org/act_healthyhome.php

Make your home a chemical-free sanctuary. Many household items, including paper products and cleaning supplies, contain cancer-causing chemicals. These products can be replaced with safer, non-toxic alternatives available at your local supermarkets and health food stores. Plus, by making smart purchases you let manufacturers and retailers know that you won’t stand for toxic products.

Some plastics leach chemicals into the substances they touch, so you should try to choose non-plastic alternatives when possible.

o  Avoid microwaving your food in plastic containers or in plastic wrap. Choose ceramic or glass containers instead.

o  Swap plastic water bottles for stainless steel or aluminum options.

o  Choose non-toxic baby toys and shower curtains instead of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), plastic or vinyl.

Stroller Strides of North San Antonio will host a Lunafest to raise money and awareness for The Breast Cancer Fund and a local women’s non-profit.  Check back for more details.

One Rockin’ Mom

January 12, 2010
We would like to Congratulate Angele for being “One Rockin’ Mom”.  In the last year she has continued to challenge herself by regularly attending all classes including our more difficult specialty classes.
Who are the members of your family?
The members of my family are my husband Jeff, and my daughter Jordan who is two and a half
What was/is your previous and/or current career?
I was a manager at Papa Johns
How long have you been a Stroller Strides Member and what has Stroller Strides done for you?
I have been a member with Stroller Strides for one year, not only have I lost 15 pounds and I have gained a stronger core.  I also have met a lot of wonderful mothers and young ones too.
What are some of your favorite things (besides your husband and kids!)?
I enjoy being with friends and family, shopping, going dancing , watching gossip girl, and just relaxing.
Tell us something about you that would surprise us.
I use to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving.
If we asked your husband what he thought your best qualities are, what would he say for personality? physically?
He would say he loves my charismatic and funny personality and thinks I’m beautiful in every way.
Please attached a photo of you and/ or your family!

“Mom’s With A Mission” Breast Cancer Prevention Weekly Tip

January 8, 2010


Fewer than 10 percent of breast cancers occur in women with a genetic predisposition to the disease. Even when all traditional risk factors—including genetic predisposition, reproductive history, diet, exercise and alcohol—are aggregated, more than half of U.S. breast cancer cases remain unexplained.  The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) believes that environmental exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are increasing breast cancer risk. We need to get people talking about breast cancer prevention and reducing these environmental exposures. Visit and direct your friends to www.breastcancerfund.org to learn more and get people talking!

Stroller Strides of North San Antonio will host a Lunafest to raise money and awareness for The Breast Cancer Fund and a local women’s non-profit organization.  Check back for  more details.